Adobe Captivate is one of the most popular eLearning development tools in the world. As your class begins, you’ll get comfortable with the Captivate interface by exploring an existing Captivate project. You’ll learn to use the Filmstrip, explore the inspectors, and poke around other areas of the Captivate interface. After exploring a bit, it’s time to roll-up your sleeves and get to work. You’ll create a soft skills eLearning lesson from scratch (soft skills eLearning includes, but is not limited to, onboarding, conflict resolution, and compliance training). You’ll work with themes, add slides, work with placeholders to add text and images. You’ll even add interactive buttons that will allow the learner to control the pace of the lesson.
Once you’re comfortable creating projects, tap into Captivate’s powerful recording features and create both software demonstrations and interactive software simulations. And you’ll leverage Captivate’s multi-mode recording features to record three lessons at the same time (one demo and two simulations).
You’ll learn to add, modify, and control the timing of objects such as text captions, images, and highlight boxes. You’ll learn to record, import and edit audio, and how to further enhance the learner experience by adding interactivity via click boxes, buttons, and text entry boxes.
Engage your learner by adding rollover captions, rollover images, rollover slidelets, zoom areas, quizzes, and knowledge checks to a project. And you’ll leverage and enrich existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by importing them into Captivate.
Finally, you’ll learn how to distribute a finished Captivate project to the widest possible audience by publishing SWF, HTML5, and PDFs so that your content can be consumed by learners on virtually any device including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.
Lessons Covered During this 2-Day Class
Note: The lessons outlined below comprise activities typically covered in a class of this skill level. The instructor may, at the instructor’s discretion, alter the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.
eLearning and Captivate
As your class ramps up, you won’t just learn how to start Captivate and click each tool, you’ll begin the process of creating eLearning lessons from the ground up. You’ll not only learn how to create effective eLearning, but why those lessons will be effective.
- Explore the Captivate Interface
- Zoom and Magnify
- Navigate a Project
- Preview a Project
- Create a New Project
Recording Demos and Sims
Recording your desktop actions is one of Captivate’s key features… and you’ll cover the hottest recording modes: demo, assessment, training and custom.
- Rehearse a Script
- Edit Recording Settings
- Set Recording Keys
- Record a Demonstration
- Record an Assessment
- Record a Training Simulation
- Record a Custom Simulation
Captions, Styles and Timing
Once you’ve recorded your lessons, the real work begins. During these lessons, you will learn how to add text caption, set object styles and control the timing of slides objects.
- Insert, Resize and Move Text Captions
- Modify Text Caption Properties
- Edit the Default Caption Style
- Change a Callout Type Used by a Text Caption
- Control Slide Timing
- Control Slide Object Timing
- Check Spelling
- Align Slide Objects
Images and Drawing Objects
Adding images to your project will enhance the lesson. These lessons will teach you how to add images, manipulate them and manage them.
- Insert, Resize and Restore an Image
- Transform an Image’s Size and Position
- Use the Library
- Manage Unused Project Assets
- Crop and Rename an Image
- Remove a Background Color
- Insert a Cloud Callout
- Create an Image Slideshow
Pointers, Buttons and Highlight Boxes
If you’ve created a demonstration, that pesky mouse can sometimes have a mind of its own. You’ll learn how to tame that wild mouse during these lessons. Then you’ll learn how to add some basic interactivity to a lesson via buttons.
- Add a Visual Click and Sound
- Modify the Mouse Pointer
- Insert and Format a Text Button
- Set a Button’s Pause After Timing
- Work With Image Buttons
- Insert and Format a Highlight Box
Rollovers and Zoom Areas
Rollovers and Zoom Areas enhance the eLearning experience by encouraging interactivity (rollovers) and grabbing the learners attention (zoom areas). Learn them both during these lessons.
- Insert a Rollover Caption
- Insert a Rollover Image
- Insert a Zoom Area
- Insert and Format a Rollover Slidelet
- Format the Rollover Area
- Add a Caption and Image to a Rollover Area
eLearning lessons that contain voiceover audio and sound effects are more effective than lessons that don’t… and that’s just a fact! Learn how to add, edit and record audio during these lessons. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also learn how to convert Text-to-Speech, which is just cool!
- Import Audio onto a Slide Object
- Import Background Audio
- Add a Slide Note
- Calibrate a Microphone
- Record Slide Audio
- Import a Voiceover onto a Slide
- Edit an Audio File
- Insert Silence
- Convert Text-to-Speech
Video, Animation & Effects
In a word, Flash Video is cool! Learn how to add Flash Video to your eLearning lessons. There are lessons for adding Animation and special effects too.
- Insert a Flash Video
- Set Flash Video Properties
- Add Animation to a slide
- Insert Text Animation
- Apply an Effect to a Slide Object
- Apply a Glow Filter Effect
- Modify Effect Properties
- Save and Import Effects
Creating Simulations out of Demonstrations
Interactive eLearning is generally thought to be more effective than passive demonstration videos. During these lessons, learn how to convert an existing demonstration into a highly engaging, interactive powerhouse.
- Hide the Mouse
- Replace Phrases
- Insert a Click Box
- Insert a Text Entry Box
Working with Microsoft PowerPoint
Often times the eLearning project begins in Microsoft PowerPoint. Why not use that content in your Captivate project? These lessons will help you master the PowerPoint to Captivate workflow.
- Import PowerPoint slides
- Resize One Object and Apply to All
- Round-Trip PowerPoint Edits
- Synch With Source
- Rescale a Project
Introduction to Question Slides
Captivate sports some robust quizzing tools. You’ll learn how to setup, create and edit question slides.
- Edit Quizzing Object Styles
- Set the Quiz Preferences
- Insert Question slides
- Format a Question slide
- Add an Image to a Question slide
No project is finished until it’s published so that it can be consumed by your learners. Learn the best publishing format to use for the widest audience (including SWF and the new HTML5 output). Learn how to add a TOC to your lessons and the ideal settings for publishing.
- Create a Link to a Web Site
- Apply a Skin
- Edit, Save and Delete a Skin
- Create a TOC,
- Check Publish Settings and Add a Loading Screen
- Publish a SWF and PDF
- Run the HTML5 Tracker
- Publish as HTML5
- Export Captions
- Perform a “Round Trip”
Venue: LIVE Online
Live Online Training
Get the same training you expect in the classroom without leaving your office or home. These are NOT recorded classes. They are LIVE sessions with an expert instructor. We use the latest in video conferencing technologies and audio so you can confidently participate in any class just like being right there in person. We guarantee the effectiveness of our online training delivery approach that we will give you your money back if you are not totally satisfied. Ask us for a demo.
Online class requirements:
- Moderate to fast Internet
- A phone or computer headset is required in order to hear the instructor/moderator). You can use Computer Audio (VoIP) or you can dial in from a regular phone. For convenience, we recommend a hands-free headset or phone.
- Training software must be installed on your computer (trial versions are acceptable)
- RECOMMENDED: Dual Monitors or computers. For optimal online learning experience, we recommend participants have dual monitors or two computers. Your online classroom credentials allow you to join multiple times from multiple computers. Participants should use one monitor or computer to view the instructor’s shared screen and another monitor or computer to work with the software.
What happens when you enroll in an online class
When you register for an online class, you will receive a welcome email followed by login access to the Citrix GoToTraining virtual classroom. A workbook (printed copy or eBook) will be sent to you prior to the start of class.
Online Training Advantages
Convenience: You don’t have to travel and can attend from your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection. Our online classes are conducted using GoToTraining, a more robust version of the popular GoToMeeting screen sharing and conferencing platform. To accommodate multiple time zones, courses are typically scheduled from 10am – 5pm Eastern with a one-hour lunch break at 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern and a 10-minute break in the morning and afternoon. When conducting custom online course for your group, class times can be modified to accommodate your timezone.
Interactive Learning: Our online training is fully interactive. You can speak and chat with the instructor and classmates at any time. Various interactive techniques are used in every class. Our small class sizes (typically 4 – 8 students), allow our instructors to focus on individual performance and issues and to work closely with you to meet your unique needs. Classes are designed to be a hands-on learning experience, providing opportunities for you to try your new skills while the instructor is available for review, questions, and feedback. You have the option to give the instructor permission to view your computer to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.